Before Friends, Until. Qui/Tahl. Romance, humor , "hot stuff" - Nommed "Best Romance & Author" - thanks!

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  1. Valairy Scot Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 16, 2005
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    Title: Friends, Until
    Author: Valairy_Scot
    Timeframe: Qui and Tahl are padawans
    Characters: Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl
    Genre: Romance,humor, one-shot
    Keywords: Qui & Tahl, romance,
    Summary: Best friends become far more
    Notes: This is the strangest plot bunny to come out of one of my own stories, sparked by a healer's remark that healers are not surprised by anything. If you dislike pairings that are consumated, implied or not, please read no further, or at least don't post how much you dislike such.



    Friends, Until


    We were friends. Only friends.

    Until.

    I?d never known how erotic a thumb across lips could be. We?d had all the lectures and the classes. We knew Jedi weren?t encouraged to explore the physical, and certainly one got the sense that if one did, one shouldn?t enjoy it.

    Yet if one could take simple pleasure in the sweet explosion of ripe Kandara fruit within one?s mouth when one was hungry, or the relaxation of slipping into Slumber?s arms when one was tired, why could one not take simple pleasure when other appetites asked to be sated?

    The past and the present blurred together in this moment that it seemed I had waited all my life for.

    I?d known Qui-Gon for years.

    His first steps on unsteady legs were to me. My first were to him.

    His discovery of the differences between the sexes brings me to laughter at the memory, though at the time my reaction was rather different.

    ?I?m a boy; look at what I?ve got.? He said it so importantly, like he?d discovered the mystery of life itself. ?You don?t have one.?

    Didn?t I? If not, I wanted one, too. I looked - and I didn?t. Qui, dear Qui, said because boys had them didn?t mean anything. It just meant I was a girl. I wanted to cry, then, but I was impressed that he would show it to me. Years later I?d thought about showing him what I now had and he didn?t ? but one does not do that at that age. Innocence belongs to the young.

    He gave me my first kiss when he was five. A boyish smack on the check followed by a giggle. I wanted to hit him. A boy ? ick. Instead, I giggled back.

    I went past that ?boys are ick? stage rather quickly.

    He taught me to play pranks on the crèche-masters and initiate masters. I taught him not to play tricks on Master Yoda.

    He encouraged me to speak up more often, to not hang back. I tutored him in the one class he couldn?t quite master.

    He was my best friend, and I was his. Qui and Tahl, Tahl and Qui. Where one was, so was the other.

    We were best friends. We dared each other to do more and to be more and in some ways that prepared us for the demands our masters put on us when we were initiates no longer, but moving forward on the Jedi path. We didn?t spend as much time together as padawans. Life had changed.

    Our friendship hadn?t. We were still best friends.

    Qui-Gon grew. The boy with the promise of height and breadth turned into a young man of height and breadth. Childish innocence and childish joy, my Qui, was still there inside of him, but both had slid aside, to make room for determination and duty. The boy was becoming a man, whenever time between missions allowed us time together.

    I, too, had changed, but it is harder to see change in yourself than in others.

    Several years passed, several years of hellos and goodbyes. Several years with just moments to relive the past ? never a favorite pastime of Qui's ? and several moments to look forward to the future ? again, something not a concern of Qui?s. Most of our moments were spent, as always, in that moment, just being together and talking.

    Just being Qui and Tahl, Tahl and Qui, best friends together again.

    We talked, just once, about being padawans and our masters ? the personal side of that.

    We had just finished sparring. It was becoming routine, and a shorter one each time. I lost. Under Master Dooku, Qui-Gon was becoming quite a proficient fighter. I?d already heard speculation that he might become one of
  2. ardavenport Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 16, 2004
    star 4
    Aha! Qui-Gon and Tahl learning how to play doctor when they're little and, uh, more advanced activities when they're older. Very sweet. :)
  3. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Aug 21, 2006
    star 6
    Lovely, those two are meant for each other. And you can see where Obi-Wan had his humor from.

    Great vignette=D==D=
  4. dianethx Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 1, 2002
    star 6
    This was great. I loved the way they grew into each other. I also liked that Qui wasn't happy with Dooku but that he accepted it.

    The last part was quite... hot. ;)

    Lovely job.
  5. Bastet Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Dec 30, 1999
    star 4
    Aww, I loved that! [face_love]

    Tahl and Qui are so cute and sweet together. [face_love]

    Very wonderful! =D= @};- @};-
  6. Obi-Gon_Skywalker Jedi Grand Master

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    May 25, 2008
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    ?I?m a boy; look at what I?ve got.? He said it so importantly, like he?d discovered the mystery of life itself. ?You don?t have one.?

    [face_laugh] How adorable!!

    I absolutely loved this. Very well written! =D=
  7. KELIA Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jul 26, 2005
    star 6
    That was sunning!

    I loved the childish innocence maturing into the deep love of a true, good friend.

    [face_love][face_love][face_love][face_love]

    And it was nice to see Qui-Gon let down his guard and...allow himself to know passion. At least for once.

    Great job on this

    =D= =D= =D= =D=
  8. jedidas3 Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Apr 25, 2007
    star 3
    Another well written piece of work my friend! =D= Once again, you've been busy this weekend! A steamy way to start a Monday morning! :cool:
  9. Valiowk Force Ghost

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    Apr 23, 2000
    star 6
    A beautiful one-shot, Valairy_Scot! Loved the humour you injected into the piece. :)
  10. Gkilkenny Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 27, 2004
    star 4
    Excellent, a little friendship turning to more.

    I went past that ?boys are ick? stage rather quickly.
    Ummm I bet she did[face_blush]

    You show me what you have and I will show you mineo_O



    =D= =P~
  11. Glenstorm Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Mar 27, 2006
    star 1
    Just found this while brousing through the June New Stories index. Must have missed it the first time round.

    And well... =P~ [face_love]

    Loved every second of it! It's so well written and the way Tahl and Qui are together just makes your heart bleed all the more when you remember Tahl's altimate fate.

    His first steps on unsteady legs were to me. My first were to him. That grabbed my heart right there and then.

    He was my best friend, and I was his. Qui and Tahl, Tahl and Qui. Where one was, so was the other.
    Just being Qui and Tahl, Tahl and Qui, best friends together again.
    But always, there was us. Qui and Tahl, Tahl and Qui. Best friends, still
    . It was so beautiful and poignant the way you threaded these lines through the story. You amaze me with your talent! =D=

    Jedi do not know passion. Whoever came up with that had never been kissed by Qui. [face_laugh]

    And finally...

    ?I have something to show you,? I whispered as my hands slipped my tunic over my head and his eyes widened as his hands reached to caress me. ?Now show me what you've got."

    Phew... (fans self) Hot stuff? You got that bit right! :D

    Wonderful, wonderful work Valairy as always.


  12. Valairy Scot Force Ghost

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    Sep 16, 2005
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    ardavenport: from innocence to passion...

    earlybird-obi-wan: yes, they were meant for each other.

    Dianethx: Hot, you say? Hot it was meant to be.

    Bastet: I'm glad you liked it.

    Obi-Gon_Skywalker:I'm so glad you loved it. It was fun to write.

    Kelia:And it was nice to see Qui-Gon let down his guard and...allow himself to know passion. At least for once. You think it was only once? [face_shhh]

    jedidas3: um, yeah, steamy and hot. Not like my usual fare, that's for sure.

    Valiowk: I'm glad you liked the humor - all stories, even torture ones, need humor.

    Gkilkenny: Growing up changes a lot of things, doesn't it?

    glenstorm It was so beautiful and poignant the way you threaded these lines through the story. That was intentional, as I'm sure you realized.

  13. Seremela Jedi Knight

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    Jul 12, 2008
    star 3
    Oh, so beautiful, this slow growing of their relationship from best of friends to much more. It shows such a rich relationship and it felt so right when Qui-Gon asked - and how he asked, his thumb over Tahl's lips, then the kiss. And Tahl's response ... they are so in tune. Loved how you ended it, 'I have to show you something', bringing it back full circle to their childhood friendship.

    And it made me very, very sad as well, sad that the Jedi would frown upon something as natural and beautiful as what they had.

    (by the way, loved the little bit of Qui-Gon and Dooku thrown in and how he never talked about it again, not even with Tahl)





  14. Anakin_Freak_Forever Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 16, 2008
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    Awwwwww[face_blush]
    I've got this sorta spicy feeling in my mouth after that:p


    Soooo romantic[face_love]

    Well Done@};- =D=
  15. VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus

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    Feb 5, 2004
    star 8
    I'm not sure how I missed this. But it's stunning. Simply stunning.

    His discovery of the differences between the sexes brings me to laughter at the memory, though at the time my reaction was rather different.

    ?I?m a boy; look at what I?ve got.? He said it so importantly, like he?d discovered the mystery of life itself. ?You don?t have one.?

    Didn?t I? If not, I wanted one, too. I looked - and I didn?t. Qui, dear Qui, said because boys had them didn?t mean anything. It just meant I was a girl. I wanted to cry, then, but I was impressed that he would show it to me. Years later I?d thought about showing him what I now had and he didn?t ? but one does not do that at that age. Innocence belongs to the young.


    =D=
  16. Valairy Scot Force Ghost

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    Sep 16, 2005
    star 5
    Seremela: It shows such a rich relationship and it felt so right when Qui-Gon asked - and how he asked, his thumb over Tahl's lips, then the kiss. And Tahl's response ... they are so in tune. Loved how you ended it, 'I have to show you something', bringing it back full circle to their childhood friendship.

    It's very satisfying, I think, to make those full circles - back where one began, and yet at the beginning of another circle.

    Anakin_Freak_Forever: Spicy, eh? Well, it was supposed to be.

    VaderLVR64: Aw, Kim, you know how to make me [face_blush]
  17. Valairy Scot Force Ghost

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    Sep 16, 2005
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    Shameless bump as I haven't seen much "romancin'" on Before lately. ;)
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